Los Angeles audio tour: The Sunset Strip: Playground of Rockers, Mobsters and Hollywood Celebrities

The Sunset Strip: Playground of Rockers, Mobsters and Hollywood Celebrities

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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3mi

About the Tour

The Sunset Strip is a legendary part of Tinseltown’s glamour scene. In under a century, this street went from an unpaved road in an unpopulated, unincorporated town to an artery at the centre of the modern-day entertainment and music business. Join us as we bring its history to life on this walk along Sunset Boulevard between Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Our audio tour begins at the location where old Hollywood stars like Judy Garland and Orson Welles gathered to eat hamburgers and drink milkshakes. It ends near Laurel Canyon, the epicenter of the folk and rock music revolution of the turbulent 60s and 70s. Along the way, you’ll see film locations for popular movies like Get Shorty, Scarface and Annie Hall while also visiting sites where the entertainment industry’s biggest events took place.

Highlights include visits to iconic places such as:

• The restaurant where Marilyn Monroe went on her first blind date with Joe DiMaggio
• Where John Belushi had his last meal and spent his final hours
• The nightclub where Frank Sinatra made his debut as a solo act
• The hotel where Led Zeppelin rode a motorcycle down a hallway and the Rolling Stones threw a TV out the window
• The nightclub where Judy Garland and Jackie Gleason were discovered
• The "Hotel to the Stars” that was home to Robert DeNiro, Keanu Reeves, Scarlet Johansson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey
• The nightclub where Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz filmed their Tropicana nightclub act for the “I Love Lucy” show
• The former grocery store that Johnny Depp bought and converted to a popular nightclub and where Joaquin Phoenix’s brother, River Phoenix, died

Feel free to stop along the way to appreciate the history, the food and the entertainment that the rich and famous have appreciated for so many decades. You can always pick the tour back up when you are ready to start again.

Tour Producer

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Mindy Flanagan

Mindy Grout Flanagan created her first GPS tour in her hometown of La Jolla. She felt very fortunate to grow up in a family that had a deep love for the sporty lifestyle La Jolla afforded. Later in life, Mindy found great pleasure working as a Career Advisor for UC San Diego Extension, where she helps others make their avocation their vocation. Mindy co-founded TourFreely with her husband, Jerry Flanagan, because she believes in following the footsteps of your passion and helping others to do the same. She also knows that getting out and exploring your own region or new regions can be one of life’s simple joys.

Major Landmarks

  • Whisky A Go Go

  • The Roxy Theater

  • Rainbow Bar and Grill

  • 1OAK Club

  • Comedy Store

  • Hyatt Andaz

  • Chateau Marmont

  • Billboards

  • The Viper Room

Directions to Starting Point

Start at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights Boulevard on the southeast corner where you see the CVS and Trader Joe’s signs. Look for the stairs up to shopping where the address is 8000 Sunset Boulevard. Parking can be difficult, but you can find paid parking in the neighborhood. Several Metro Bus lines stop at this intersection (#2, #218) and the N Fairfax Ave intersection a couple of blocks to the east (#780, #217).

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Places to stop along the way

The Standard Hotel, The Pendry, The Mondrian, The Viper room, Whiskey A Go Go, Roxy Theater, Rainbow Bar and Grill, 1 Oak Club, Mel's Drive-in, The Comedy Store, Carney’s, The Pink Taco, Château Marmont

Best time of day

Ideally, it is best to start before 11am, especially on the weekends. Sunny days are best, but it can get hot especially during the summer. Wear sunscreen! Parking will be easier, the earlier you start.

Precautions

Enjoy the tour – The sidewalks can be quite narrow so be vigilant by watching for traffic, bikes, pedestrians and scooters. By accessing our GPS tour, you are agreeing to release all liability. Tour at your own risk.

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